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WORLD
September 16, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
At a glance, it is clear this is no run-of-the-mill farm: A 6-foot spiked fence hems the meticulously planted vegetables and security guards control a cantilevered gate that glides open only to select cars. "It is for officials only. They produce organic vegetables, peppers, onions, beans, cauliflowers, but they don't sell to the public," said Li Xiuqin, 68, a lifelong Shunyi village resident who lives directly across the street from the farm but has never been inside. "Ordinary people can't go in there.
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NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Ted Rall
Under a bill approved by the California Legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, landlords who allow pets in their buildings cannot advertise in a way that discourages cats with claws or dogs that bark. ALSO: The case for organic food Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons McManus: Can Obama energize youthful voters again? Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
BUSINESS
July 11, 2009 | Monica Eng
At first it may seem only right for Dean Foods Co., the nation's largest organic dairy producer, to roll out a line of yogurts and milk marketed as "natural." But Dean's announcement last week alarmed advocates of organic food, who say the burgeoning market for less-expensive "natural" foods reaps billions from consumers while guaranteeing little or nothing in exchange. Certified organic food products are regulated by the U.S.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge Tuesday questioned a central part of Whole Foods Market Inc.'s argument that it should be permitted to buy rival Wild Oats Markets Inc. The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit in federal court to block the $585-million deal, claiming that the two companies compete in a specific market of natural and organic food and that their combination will lead to reduced service and increased prices. David T.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been selling non-organic food products that were misrepresented as organic, according to a legal complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Cornucopia Institute alleges that Wal-Mart has been using "in-store signage" to misidentify conventional produce and dairy products as organic. Wal-Mart said the charges, coming from a group that has opposed Wal-Mart in the past, shouldn't be taken seriously.
NEWS
February 2, 1996 | CONNIE KOENENN
For a different twist on Valentine's Day, you can "Say It With Flours" and make an environmental statement along with your pledge of affection. Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, a national nonprofit environmental group, is offering a gift package of three varieties of organic flour from organic farming pioneer Arrowhead Mills in Hereford, Texas, along with special recipes from New York's Union Square Cafe, which features regionally grown food.
NEWS
October 7, 1990 | CHARLES CAMPBELL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The poster on Christine and Dale Johnson's kitchen wall reads, "Our Veggies Don't Do Drugs." A jar on the kitchen table holds wasp eggs, future natural predators to be used instead of pesticides against the tomato hornworm--"a nasty critter, a voracious eater," Christine Johnson said. The Johnsons run an organic farm, growing peppers, squash, kale, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce and other produce on their 65 acres on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay.
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